2018 CD celebrating Australian spirit – SPIRIT OF PLACE
Beaugeais’s First Light at Uluru for wind symphony with world-renowned Didgeridoo player, William Barton
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Track 2 Beaugeais’s First Light at Uluru:
Recording session photos
14/15 February 2018 – Sydney recording studios Trackdown
Royal Australian Navy Band with Didgeridoo player – William Barton, Composer – Katia Beaugeais, Lieutenant Commander, Director – Dr Steven Stanke.
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First Light at Uluru was originally composed for saxophone orchestra for premiere performances at the International World Sax Congress in Strasbourg, Paris, England, Queensland, Sydney and Melbourne. Beaugeais’s newly adapted wind symphony version was premiered by Dr John Lynch and the Sydney Conservatorium Wind symphony at the ANBOC Festival.
Both versions continue to be performed around the globe including performances by the Royal College of Music Saxophone Orchestra in London, NASA Sax Congress in North America, US premiere by the Texas Woman’s Wind Symphony and the Japan premiere by Japan Ground Self Defense Force Central Band, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall.
First Light at Uluru conveys the Aboriginal significance and sacred earth of Uluru. Didgeridoo sounds and unique atmospheric effects by the whole ensemble symbolise the cultural significance and spiritual atmosphere of Australia’s powerful landmark.
This piece is inspired by the spectacular sunrise over Uluru. Also known as Ayers Rock, this giant red rock is located in the middle of Australia’s red desert.
More details + Full Concert program note for broadcast purposes: